Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division

EESA Faculty Scientist Shares Forest Insights Relevant to Wildfires with California State Assembly

Jeff Chambers, faculty scientist within the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Berkeley Lab, provided testimony during a recent informational hearing of the California State Assembly focused on the impact of climate change on wildfire risk. Chambers was among a number of subject matter  experts called upon to share knowledge relevant to the lawmakers’ consideration…

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UC Berkeley Undergraduate Student Is Key to Collaborative Project for EESA and NERSC

This past December the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union got off to a surprising start.  Amid rare freeze warnings and snowfall for areas in and around New Orleans, hundreds of the nearly 25,000 conference attendees expecting to escape wintry weather elsewhere were met with flight cancellations and delays. Another surprise came after UC…

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Berkeley Lab Researchers Use Remote Sensing Techniques to Assess Hurricane Impact on Trees

Building on methods they used to assess the impact of hurricanes such as Katrina, Gustav, and Rita on forests and tree mortality, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have produced a rapid mapping of the disturbance intensity across Puerto Rico’s forests with the help of Google Earth Engine.

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EESA Research Shows Impact of Environmental Changes on Microbes in Arctic Soils

New Berkeley Lab research published in the journal Nature Communications Thursday explores the impact of a changing climate on Arctic ecosystems with permanently frozen soils. As the Arctic continues to warm at about twice the rate of the rest of the world, scientists expect these frozen soils known as permafrost to thaw, activating microbes capable…

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EESA Leads Development of New-Generation Soil Carbon Model

There may be a more direct way to estimate the amount of carbon that exists within soil due to expected changes in climate, according to new research. Scientists use mathematical models that evaluate the carbon content of soils to predict how global change affects the amount of carbon released from soil into the atmosphere as…

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Susan Hubbard and Margaret Torn Honored as #AGU17 Fellows

About 80 EESA scientists are representing Berkeley Lab at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union this week in New Orleans. AGU’s annual fall meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world, with more than 24,000 attendees. For the first time in several years, the meeting is being held away…

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Scientists Developing Smart Testbed to Help Improve Access to Important Environmental Data

EESA research scientists are working to establish integrated networks of multiple sensors capable of remote telemetry to help bring the data environmental scientists need to their desktops on a more timely basis and to improve data analysis.

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Cool Roofs Have Water-Saving Benefits Too

The energy and climate benefits of cool roofs have been well established: By reflecting rather than absorbing the sun’s energy, light-colored roofs keep buildings, cities, and even the entire planet cooler. Now a new studyby the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that cool roofs can also save water by…

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2017 Techwomen Foster Collaborations at Berkeley Lab and Around the Globe

The following story was authored by Linda Vu of Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences. The story she tells of the collaboration between Daniela Ushizima and Romy Chakraborty is a great example of the ways scientists work together across Berkeley Lab. Their participation in the U.S. State Department’s TechWomen program is testament to the far-reaching impact the…

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